Happy December! Last year, we ran a popular post on creating a book advent calendar. You can revisit that post here. We described how to curate books and read together in the days leading up to Christmas. Today, we share more ideas for Advent adventures.

Advent is the season of preparation before Christmas. It lasts roughly four weeks. In recent years, advent calendars have become increasingly popular. While Advent usually officially begins in November, most Advent calendars start on December 1st. If you want to learn about the history of Advent and Advent calendars, check out this article from National Geographic. 

Fun Advent Calendars

Advent Jigsaw Puzzles. Work together as a family to build this 1008-piece puzzle, forty-two pieces at a time! The pieces have been divided and packaged into twenty-four gift boxes. From December 1st to December 24th, reveal a portion of the masterpiece each day.


The Booklovers Advent Calendar looks like an actual book. Inside, you’ll find twenty-five gift bags containing bookish surprises, including bookmarks, stickers, and more!



Harry Potter: Holiday Magic: The Official Advent Calendar Book takes readers into the Wizarding World. The calendar has twenty-five days of surprises, unique keepsakes, and collectibles ranging from festive paper ornaments to Harry Potter–inspired recipe cards and more—a must-have for Harry Potter fans of all ages.


Christmas Advent Calendar 2023 for Kids: 24 Bedtime Stories for Toddlers. This calendar offers twenty-four original tales of elves, reindeer, and the North Pole. These stories about the magic of Christmas are crafted for parents to read together with children each night leading up to Christmas.


Difficult Holiday Wordsearch: Advent Calendar for Adults and Teens. Keep your brain sharp this season! With this unique advent calendar, you will look forward to solving a new holiday-themed puzzle each day. Do this together as a family and see how many of the thirty words you can find each day.


EXIT: The Game—Advent Calendar. This Advent calendar is both an EXIT game and an adventure story: To free yourself from this predicament, you must open a door of the calendar each day. Each door hides a new and exciting riddle, and solving it will bring you closer and closer to your goal! Only by solving your riddles cleverly will you save Christmas! Now get going … there’s lots to do! Fun, interactive activity for the family to do together. Not suitable for children less than three years old.